CELTIC’S Champions League rivals Bayern Munich have confirmed the appointment of Jupp Heynckes as coach until the end of the season, as CQN reported on Thursday.
One of his first tasks will be taking on Brendan Rodgers’ men in a Euro double-header this month.
The 72-year-old, who succeeds the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, has had three previous spells in charge of the Bundesliga giants, most recently when he led them to the league, Cup and Champions League treble in 2013.
Bayern said in a statement that Heynckes would take over from Monday on a contract until June 30, 2018.
Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “Between Jupp Heynckes and Bayern there is a great deal of trust. The talks that (president) Uli Hoeness, (sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic and I have held have shown that once again.
“We are very thankful to Jupp that he has agreed to become our head coach. He is at this moment in time the ideal coach for FC Bayern.”
Salihamidzic described Heynckes as a “master of man-management and tactics”.
He added: “We are convinced that he is exactly the right man to lead the team in the situation they are in to success again and to achieve our goals.”
Heynckes’ last game in management was Bayern’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley before he made way for Pep Guardiola that summer.
He said: “I wouldn’t have returned to any other club in the world, but FC Bayern Munich are very close to my heart. My coaching staff and I will now do everything to bring back successful football for the fans.
“I’m very much looking forward to this challenge.”
His first game in charge will be at home to Freiburg a week on Saturday before a Champions League match against Celtic.
Heynckes will have Peter Hermann and Hermann Gerland as assistants, the pair were at his side during the treble win.
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